Google has just validated its stand on supporting Android smartphones with OS updates for two years after the device’s launch date. This applies to all devices that are sold under the Google Pixel and Nexus brands.

As it stands, the Nexus 6P and 5X will stop receiving Android updates as of September 2017, with security update supporting stopping a year later. Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get Android update support until October 2018, and security support for a year from then.

Google has also clarified that telephone and online support will only be guaranteed until security updates are supported.

This information is generally helpful for deciding when to buy a particular model of smartphone. For example, you might not want to pick up a Google Pixel or Pixel XL after October 2018 unless you’re okay with not getting any more Android updates. Security updates will still keep dropping for another year, but you’ll have to stick with whatever OS version the device is on when you take it out of the box.

If you own a 6 or a 9 right now, you might want to think about upgrading sometime in October, when security support for these devices will cease. Older devices have already stopped receiving both OS and security support, per this table:

Minimum update & support periods

DeviceNo guaranteed Android version updates afterNo guaranteed security updates afterNo guaranteed telephone or online support after
Nexus 6PSeptember 2017September 2018September 2018
Nexus 5XSeptember 2017September 2018September 2018
Nexus 9October 2016October 2017October 2017
Nexus 6October 2016October 2017October 2017

Minimum update & support periods

PhoneNo guaranteed Android version updates afterNo guaranteed security updates afterNo guaranteed telephone or online support after
Pixel XLOctober 2018October 2019October 2019
PixelOctober 2018October 2019October 2019

 

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Source: Google

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